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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.114, No.5, p.247-250, 2013

Author: G. Silvay, J. G. Castillo

Abstract: The development of the heart-lung machine and its first successful clinical application in 1953 was the culmination of Dr. Gibbon’s lifetime research project.  Despite many technical obstacles, financial problems, and discouragement from colleagues, his goal was achieved after twenty tedious years of tireless work. Posteriorly, his academic contribution established him as a leader and pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery. Parallel to his achievement and Dr. Kirklin’s surgical experience, several authors around the world attempted open-heart surgery with the heart-lung machine, particularly in Europe. In Eastern Europe and particularly in the former Czechoslovakia, the lack of access to foreign medical literature forced a group of emerging young physicians from the Second Department of Surgery at Comenius University to furtively collect data on the topic. After building the Simkovic-Bolf heart-lung machine, the first successful open-heart surgery with the new device was performed only 5 years after Dr. Gibbons’ experience (Tab. 1, Fig. 4, Ref. 22).

Keywords: heart-lung machine, cardiac surgery, pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery.
Year: 2013, Volume: 114, Issue: 5 Page From: 247, Page To: 250

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